Dinosaur Walk education kit - classroom activities by lindahy

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Activity 1: Dinosaur graffiti wall
Objective and VELS links
The objective of this activity is to assess students’ prior knowledge of the topic of
dinosaurs, and to use this information to build and reflect on their knowledge. This activity
links to the Thinking domain in VELS.

What you need
   Textas
   paper
   pins or Blutak

What to do
  1. Brainstorm with the students what they already know about dinosaurs. You can do
      this in a class discussion, with you writing their comments on pieces of paper and
      sticking them to a board. If the students are able to write their own sentences, have
      the students write what they know on pieces of paper.
  2. These pieces of paper form part of a ‘graffiti wall’. During the unit, students add
      extra pieces of information about dinosaurs.
  3. The students think of questions, or things they would like to know about dinosaurs.
      These questions are added to the graffiti wall. When the questions are answered
      during the unit, they are replaced with the information that the students have
      discovered.




Artist: Andrew Plant. Source: Museum Victoria.




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Activity 2: Dinosaur poems

Objective and VELS links
In this activity students are encouraged to share their knowledge and thoughts about
dinosaurs by completing a poem. This activity links to the Science and English domains of
VELS.

A name poem or acrostic poem uses a name or word to begin each line.

What to do
  1. Photocopy this worksheet for each student, or they can write in their workbook.
  2. Students write a word or short statement that begins with the letters in the word
      ‘dinosaur’ to describe something about dinosaurs.
  3. Students’ poems can then be displayed around the classroom.




      D ………………………………..
      i……………………………………
      n……………………………………
      o……………………………………
      s……………………………………
      a……………………………………
      u……………………………………
      r……………………………………




                                               Artist: Andrew Plant. Source: Museum Victoria.




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Activity 3: Pterosaur life

Objective and VELS links
In this activity students are encouraged to use their knowledge and thoughts about
pterosaurs to write a short story about the life of these flying reptiles. This activity
links to the Science and English domains of VELS.


What to do
  1. Photocopy a picture of one of the pterosaurs from the Dinosaur Walk
      website: http://museumvictoria.com.au/dinosaur-walk
  2. Encourage students to read about their animal to find out more. They can
      begin with the information on the Dinosaur Walk web site.
  3. Write appropriate vocabulary on the board, e.g. pterosaur, glide, fly, wings,
      teeth, claws.




Artist: Andrew Plant. Source: Museum Victoria.



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Activity 4: Making a feathered dinosaur
Objective and VELS links
This activity encourages students to think about the lives of dinosaurs and to
visually represent their knowledge and thoughts in a model. This activity links to the
Arts, Science and Maths domains of VELS.

What you need
  play-dough, plasticine or clay
  feathers
  pictures of dinosaurs
  digital camera

What to do
1. The way that palaeontologists think about dinosaurs has changed. They have
   now found many dinosaurs covered in feathers! To find out more, visit the
   Dinosaur Walk website to watch a clip about feathered dinosaurs:
   http://museumvictoria.com.au/dinosaur-walk

 2. Students look at the pictures of dinosaurs and chose a favourite feathered
    dinosaur.

 3. Discuss the colours of dinosaurs with the students. Do we really know what
    colours they were?

 4. Each student makes a feathered
    dinosaur.


When the students have finished their
models of feathered dinosaurs, they
could:
  give a one-minute talk to the
     class about their model. They
     should explain how they chose
     the colours, what kind of dinosaur
     it is, and any other information
     they have obtained;

    take a photo of their dinosaur
     model, and send the photo as an
     email to a friend;

    write a story about a day in the
     life of their dinosaur.



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Activity 5: Dinosaur story book
Objective and VELS links
This activity encourages students to research and discuss how dinosaurs
reproduced, and to write short sequenced texts. This activity links with the Science
and English domains of VELS.

What you need
 Photocopied image set for each student (see next page)
 Scissors
 Glue
 Coloured pencils

What to do
1. Give each student a set of the images, and have them cut out the images and
   sort them into the order they think they belong. Alternatively this activity can be
   done online at:
   http://museumvictoria.com.au/MelbourneMuseum/DiscoveryCentre/Dinosaur-Walk/Prehistoric-Fun/Egg-
   Hatching-Game/

2. Ask students to talk together about the order of the images. You might like to
   photocopy an enlarged version and discuss their order as a class.

3. Have the students justify why they put the images in the order they have.

4. When the students are happy with the order, have them write some simple
   sentences to describe what they see in each picture.

5. Students may like to colour in the pictures when they have finished their story.


Background information
The sequence of images is based on a famous fossil site in Patagonia called Auca
Mahuevo. The 80 million year old deposits preserve the remains of a titanosaur
nesting ground.

For generations, herds of titanosaurian sauropods would visit the site and lay from
15 to 40 eggs in a shallow nest scraped into the ground. The eggs were nearly
spherical in shape and about 14 cm in diameter. Fossil embryos of tiny babies
have been found within the eggs, some with their scaly skin preserved. Even
though the baby dinosaurs were much smaller than the adults, scientists believe
that there was little or no parental care among this kind of dinosaur.




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                                            Artist: Brain Choo. Source: Museum Victoria.


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Activity 6: Favourite dinosaur
Objective and VELS links
Students survey each class member’s favourite dinosaur, summarise the
information on a bar-graph and count the votes in each category to identify the
class favourite. This activity links to the Maths domain of VELS.

What you need
 Bar graph, as below. Different dinosaurs can be used if you wish.
  Names may be replaced by illustrations of the dinosaurs.
 A small piece of self-adhesive paper to place on the graph, one per child, with
  the child's name written on it (you could use small post-it notes).

What to do
1. Each student places his/her piece of paper on the bar-graph chart to register a
   vote.
2. Count the votes for each type of dinosaur.
3. Students count the total number of votes to ensure that everyone voted and
   that no one voted more than once.
4. The students identify the class’s favourite dinosaur and the one least liked.




                                   Children's favourite dinosaur

                                  14
                                  12
              Number of votes




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                                   8
                                   6
                                   4
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                                                  Dinosaur




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Activity 7: How big or small were dinosaurs?
Objective and VELS links
This activity enables students to explore the lengths of different sized dinosaurs by
comparing them with their own heights and familiar objects in their environment.
This activity links to the Science and Mathematics domains of VELS.

What you need
 a ball of string
 scissors
 hole punch
 1 meter long ruler or tape measure.

What to do

1. Use the string and tape measure to make a length of string the same length as
   each dinosaur.

2. Cut out a dinosaur tag (see next page), and attach it to the length of string.
   You might like to make one ‘dino-meter’ per pair of students.

3. This ‘dino-meter’ can now be used to compare the length of a Tarbosaurus
   (for example) to other things in the school. For example, you could use the
   length of string to compare how many ‘Catherines’ fit into the length of a
   Tarbosaurus, or how long a Tarbosaurus is compared to the classroom.

4. Have the students list a number of things they would like to compare to the
   length of the Tarbosaurus. Ask them to guess first, and then measure and
   record their results in their Maths books.

For more information about dinosaurs, go to:
http://museumvictoria.com.au/dinosaur-walk




                                           Artist: Andrew Plant. Source: Museum Victoria.




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                                                Tarbosaurus
                                                8 metres long




                                  Talarurus
                                  5 metres long




                                           Mamenchisaurus
                                           25 metres long




                              Amargasaurus
                              12 metres long




                                                     Protoceratops
                                                     2 metres long




    These dinosaurs are on display in Dinosaur Walk at Melbourne Museum.
    Artist: Andrew Plant. Source: Museum Victoria.

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Activity 8: Who lays eggs?
Objective and VELS links
This activity encourages students to think about which animals lay eggs to
reproduce. This activity links to the Science and Interpersonal Development
domains of VELS.

What you need
1. Scissors
2. Glue
3. Photocopies of animals (below) and work sheet (next page)

What to do
1. Cut out the animal pictures – one set for each student or group of students.
2. The students sort the animals into two groups – one group that lays eggs and
   the other group that does not. Children can work in teams and discuss their
   thoughts. Discuss with the class what they think.
3. When students have finished sorting, they glue their animals in the correct box
   (see next page).




  Birds                           Alligators                        Dinosaurs




Rabbits                           Turtles                          Cats




Lizards                           Snakes                            Elephants

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Activity 8: Who lays eggs?

Name: ………………………………………………………………….

Glue the animals where you think they belong.




                       These animals lay eggs.




                   These animals do not lay eggs.




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Activity 9: Who am I?
Objective and VELS links
In this activity, students observe images of dinosaurs, and based on their
observations, draw conclusions about dinosaur lifestyles. This activity links to the
Science and Thinking domains of VELS.

What you need
 Photocopies of the images on the next two pages
  (to be photocopied as large as possible),
 Blutak

What to do
1. Place the images of the dinosaurs around the classroom, attached to the walls
   with Blutak. Place the images in the corners of the room if possible.

2. Allow the students to walk around the room and have a good look at each of the
   images.

3. After the students have had a good look, bring all the children back to the
   centre of the room.

4. Explain to the students that you will be reading out a characteristic of certain
   dinosaurs, and that they are to stand next to the picture that they think matches
   the description. Explain that there might be more than one correct answer.

5. Do one test trial with the students to check that they understand.
   Start with: I am a dinosaur with a long neck.

6.   Now, read out the following characteristics:
    I walked on 2 legs.
    I walked on 4 legs.
    I ate meat.
    I ate plants.
    I had sharp claws.
    I had sharp teeth.
    I had armour on my back and a club tail.
    I could reach up high.
    I was a very fast runner.
    I had the longest neck of any dinosaur.
    I am a little dinosaur – only 2 metres long.
    I am a close relative of T. rex.




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                    Mamenchisaurus




                            Deinonychus
Artist: Andrew Plant. Source: Museum Victoria.




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                             Tarbosaurus




                                   Talarurus
Artist: Andrew Plant. Source: Museum Victoria.




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